A choir made up of 300 hospice patients, families, staff and volunteers are hoping their single will be this year’s Christmas number one.

The London Hospices Choir, which includes a 94-year-old patient, is full of people from 18 hospices across the city, including the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and North London Hospice.

Their cover of The Living Years led by British singer Paul Carrack, who was lead vocalist on the original 1991 hit, was recorded in the famous Abbey Road Studios.

Choir member Lillian John, 94, is one the choir's oldest members.

Ms John is a patient at St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer more than nine years ago.

She said: "I have been given a new lease of life being part of the London Hospices Choir.

"St Joseph’s Hospice has been like a family to me, and now I feel like I am part of a huge extended family with 300 people all wanting to give something back to these wonderful places."

All profits from the sale of the single will be shared between the 18 hospices, to help patients and their families.

Music producer James Hawkins said: "The idea of recording ‘The Living Years’ with this wonderful choir came to me as I was walking around the pond at Royal Trinity

Hospice. The song’s message was reflected so strongly as I watched generations come together at a place of such serenity and life to share important conversations.

"It couldn’t be a better message for everyone to hear this Christmas."

‘The Living Years’ by The London Hospices Choir and Paul Carrack will be released on Friday December 16.

It will be available to pre-order from November11 on iTunes and Amazon.